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Bill Maher roasts Paul Manafort for getting ‘the white guy discount’ during his sentencing

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HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher on Friday slammed Fox News, former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and the president’s speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) during his opening monologue.

Maher took aim at Bill Shine, the former Fox News co-president who was recently ousted White House deputy chief of staff for communications.

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“You know who else is out? Bill Shine is Trump’s fifth — he’s had five communications directors,” Maher noted. “This guy used to run Fox News, apparently he can’t get along with Trump either.”

“So Bill Shine, he is going to be moving over to Trump’s campaign reelection headquarters, so he’s moving to Moscow,” Maher joked.

Maher also targeted Paul Manafort, who was only sentenced to 47 months in prison on Thursday.

“And, of course you heard the big news, Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was sentenced to four years in jail,” Maher noted.

“He got off pretty easy, the sentencing guidelines said he was supposed to get 19 to 24 years — he got four. Otherwise known as the white guy discount,” Maher continued.

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“I haven’t seen a Trump supporter get off that much since Robert Kraft went to that massage parlor in Florida,” he continued.

Maher also drew attention to Trump’s CPAC speech, which lasted over two hours.

“There were kids born at the beginning of this speech, who by the end of it were dating R. Kelly,” he joked.

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Bill Barr and Trump desperately want to blame Antifa for violence — but they’re coming up dry so far

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President Donald Trump has turned his wrath on Antifa during the George Floyd protests, demanding Antifa be labeled a terrorist organization and accusing the movement of committing acts of violence at demonstrations. But journalists William Bredderman and Spencer Ackerman, in the Daily Beast, threw cold this week on efforts to blame the leftist group.

They found that “none of the 22 criminal complaints representing the first wave of protest charges mention Antifa in any way.”

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Fox News poll spells doom for GOP in Arizona

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The GOP's chances in Arizona have not looked this bad in years.

This article first appeared in Salon.

A new Fox News poll of registered voters in the Grand Canyon State shows Democrat Mark Kelly miles ahead of Republican Sen. Martha McSally — 50% to 37% — with 8% undecided.

Further, McSally's problems appear to come from within her own party. While Kelly enjoys the support of nearly 90% of Democrats, only 73% of Arizona Republicans back McSally.

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Trump may come to regret his big celebration of a small dip in unemployment

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Though the unemployment rate remains in the double-digits, the official unemployment numbers are slightly lower than economists expected, prompting self-congratulations by President Donald Trump.

This article first appeared in Salon.

But experts say celebration is premature.

Indeed, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate fell from 14.7 percent in April to 13.3 percent in May as the economy added 2.5 million jobs. The high April number was the worst that the American workforce had seen since monthly record-keeping began in 1948, and almost certainly the worst since the Great Depression. White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett predicted last month that unemployment would rise above 20 percent, a view that was widely shared by economists.

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